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Healthcare practitioners and medical doctors use the term adrenal fatigue to describe unchecked stress that ages the body.
Before rebuilding your adrenal support system, be sure to account for and manage adrenal stressors. Common causes of adrenal fatigue include:
- Irregular or poor sleep
- Frequent travel
- Overtraining at the gym
- Skipping meals or using stimulants (like coffee) to get through the day
- Strained relationships, caring for sick family members, or juggling career and family
- Illness, such as an ongoing Candida yeast infection
- Leaky gut or poor digestion
When you restore your adrenal health, you restore the systems that produce energy and manage stress. This means your digestive system, which has a close relationship with your immune system and your brain. This also means your detoxification pathways, primarily the liver and the large intestine.
What Is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue can happen to the best of us, especially after years of chronic stress. Signs of long-term adrenal fatigue may show up as depression, difficulty sleeping, low libido, daytime tiredness, wrinkles, and more.
The adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They pump out regulatory hormones, helping the body to adapt to stress.
These are hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which raise blood sugar, activate the muscles of the body, and send oxygen to the brain. In a time of dire need, stress hormones activate the fight-or-flight response, keeping you on your toes and ready to move.
Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline also weaken the immune system, halt tissue regeneration, and shut down digestive function. When stress is ongoing, this can become a problem. This means that cortisol is always high. Worse—ongoing stress can eventually weaken the adrenal glands that produce stress hormones, flat-lining cortisol levels.
When this happens, stress or no stress, your body simply does not have the energy that it needs to respond.
Signs of Adrenal Fatigue
When your adrenals are tired and overworked, they lose their ability to regulate stress hormones. Unless you are born with compromised health, this type of exhaustion usually takes years—if not decades—to accumulate.
For example, when you skip meals often, your body scrambles to keep blood sugar stable, and this drives up your need for stress hormones. A high-sugar diet is no better; again, we see stress hormones increase when meals are filled with sugar and processed carbohydrates.
Before the adrenals fall into full-time exhaustion, other signs of hormonal shifts begin to emerge.
Red flags that may indicate adrenal fatigue include:
- Weight gain, especially around the middle
- Difficulty regulating blood sugar
- Poor digestion and signs of yeast infection
- Wrinkles and signs of premature aging, such as graying hair
- Tiredness during the day, which peaks around 3-5 o'clock in the afternoon
- Changes in mood, such as depression or anxiety
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of libido
- Changes in menstrual cycle
5 Steps to Rebuild Your Adrenal Health
When you are able to manage stress—not necessarily get rid of it—you are naturally healthier. This is because stress hormones influence your immune system, your blood sugar, your metabolism, your menstrual cycle, and your libido.
Adrenal exhaustion can make a person feel tired, heavy, and sick. When the adrenals are exhausted, they are no longer able to maintain appropriate levels of cortisol.
In order to rebuild adrenal health, it’s essential to recharge your batteries with nutrient-dense foods that eliminate internal stress. We also suggest cleansing the body of common, unnecessary stressors—such as heavy metals or yeast infection.
Donna designed the Core Program to counter adrenal fatigue by:
- Improving digestion, absorption, and elimination.
- Cleansing toxins and heavy metals.
- Conquering infection like Candida.
- Rebuilding the gut wall.
- Replenishing essential forms of beneficial bacteria and yeast.
It is critical to nourish the adrenals as poor digestion wears them out. And tired adrenals leave the body susceptible to digestive distress. Still, the fact remains that you only absorb what you are able to break down and digest.
This is particularly important since research shows that the microbes in your body pick up on stress. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline can make bad bacteria and yeast like Candida even more virulent and toxic to the body.
Cleansing toxins, heavy metals, and infections that linger in the digestive tract can all place undue stress on the adrenal glands. Displacing the harmful microbes with the help of good, probiotic microbes is one of the best ways to get rid of long-term infection.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
The adrenals are small glands located on top of the kidneys. They are vital to regulate hormones and help the body respond to stress. Ongoing stress can weaken the adrenals and leave your body exhausted in the aftermath.
Chronic exhaustion may be a sign of adrenal fatigue, a condition that describes the long-term effects of stress on the body. Poor sleep, frequent travel, over-exercising, and skipping meals can all lead to adrenal fatigue.
Years of wear and tear on your body can cause adrenal fatigue symptoms like:
- Weight gain
- Poor digestion
- Premature aging
- Daytime tiredness
- Mood changes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low libido
With the help of the Body Ecology Core Program, there are 5 steps to restore adrenal health:
- Improve digestion, absorption, and elimination.
- Cleanse toxins and heavy metals.
- Conquer Candida infection.
- Rebuild the gut wall.
- Replenish beneficial bacteria and yeast.